It’s almost as if someone opened a floodgate. While we’ve been doing our due diligence on staying abreast of and keeping you informed about pickup trucks in the fast-moving EV space, MotorTrend‘s recent cross-country, off-road junket in Rivian’s new electric pickups has put a figurative stamp of confirmation on the fact that trucks truly are major players in the EV world.
While Rivian is a company that produces electric vehicles exclusively, the trip in its R1T really is big news for the mainstream. Other independent truck manufacturers, such as Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, Ram, Canoo, Tesla, and Atlis all have fully electric rigs (pickups and SUVs) waiting in the wings or conceptualized and will have to present viable examples of real-world use sooner, rather than later.
Battery consumption and, more so, charging, are among several front-running concerns about electric trucks. This MotorTrend report details how the Rivians’ power needs are and should be satisfied, but looking at pending EV trucks beyond Rivian (and from an on-road perspective), we wondered what states currently are the most EV friendly, ready for the steadily growing demand for electric vehicles, especially once trucks are fully integrated?
Ranked: Top 10 EV-Friendly States
Here’s a breakdown that answers the question on a Top 10 level, based on data compiled by our friends at bumper.com. Overall scores were determined by average rank across 10 categories—the lower the score, the higher the average rank across categories.
Although mid-pack per the survey, California is actually the U.S. leader in registered electric vehicles, with 41.7 percent as of Dec. 31, 2020.
It’s interesting to note that Texas, well known as a huge truck state, did not make the cut (it’s #29). Several other truck-centric Southern states also are way outside the Top 10 (Louisiana, #22; Florida, #23; Georgia, #26; North Carolina, #27).
Also, and somewhat understandably, Alaska is the worst state for electric vehicles. Infrastructure more than likely has everything to do with this, as the state’s natural elements (extreme cold and vast uninhabited territory) have limited the number of charging stations (currently 33) that have opened since 2017.
Of course, the winning (top 10) and losing states in this survey were not pulled from the sky. Points were assigned based on the following electric-vehicle financial and infrastructure factors for all 50 states (individually):
- Number of EV rebates and tax incentives
- Recharge cost
- Average price of gas
- Mean travel time to work
- Cost of an EV versus cost of a gas-powered vehicle
- Number of new charging stations since 2017
- Number of charging stations per 100,000 population
- Number of EVSE ports per 100 charging stations
- Number of EVSE ports per 100 EV vehicle registrations
- EV registrations as a percentage of all motor vehicles in the state
The big question is, will EV friendliness remain consistent or change once electric trucks are mainstream? It’s a query that’s definitely worth revisiting, and we will do that as time goes on and the sale of EV trucks starts to gain traction in the U.S.
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